Messi came on in the second half and grabbed the assist for Munir El Haddadi's equaliser at the Camp Nou. And after Philippe Coutinho hit the bar on 60 minutes, Messi's free kick was headed off the line as Bilbao battled bravely to keep their lead in tact.
Luis Suarez said after the 1-1 draw: 'Messi is the best in the world but we can not depend on him coming on to provide a solution.
And one Barca fan took matters into his own hands after Saturday's draw, making a compilation video of Rakitic's performance against Bilbao.
"These results have been a shame, but we have to stay calm because it's a long season", Messi told BeIn Sports when asked if Barca were too reliant on him.
Valverde admitted to reporters at his post-match press conference that while resting Messi was his "responsibility", he did so with one eye on the Champions League next week.
"If you are a team who are used to winning and you do not, you should congratulate the other team but Barcelona did not do that to us".
Trump on Kim: Tough talk ... 'and then we fell in love'
But the Trump Administration has said that sanctions should stay in place until North Korea denuclearises. Nevertheless, Trump cheered his summit, claiming that North Korea "no longer" posed a nuclear threat.
Valverde has explained Messi along with Sergio Busquets needed the rest.
Surprisingly, Leganes stunned the champions 2-1 in a midweek La Liga match despite Phillipe Coutinho giving the visitors the lead. "I knew it was a risky decision".
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (L) conreols the ball during the Spanish league football match Club Deportivo Leganes SAD against FC Barcelona at the Estadio Municipal Butarque in Leganes on the outskirts of Madrid on September 26, 2018.
Nabil El Zhar scored the equaliser for the hosts with a fantastic header before Real Madrid's loaned player to Leganes, Oscar Rodriguez got the victor. They will be tight and it will be hard for us.
Luis Suarez squandered a good opportunity for the hosts in the first half and Barcelona found visiting goalkeeper Unai Simon in inspired form throughout. "We have to improve and get stronger in defence, that's the most important thing".